Calliope Rd/Victoria Rd intersection, Devonport

It’s not often that an intersection redesign benefits all road users  – motorists, pedestrians and cyclists alike.  More often than not compromises have to be made, and often it’s cyclists who get the raw end of the deal.  But increasingly we’re seeing the AT design team stepping up, and the Calliope Rd/Victoria Rd intersection at the entrance to Devonport Village is a case in point.  Here we have an intersection where:

  • Vehicles travel too fast, evidenced by the “out of control” crash record and the substantial armco barriers designed to protect footpath users
  • Calliope Rd vehicles are subject to excessive delay, often leading to them “pushing the envelope” on the Stop signs
  • Pedestrians crossing Calliope Rd have to make do with an inadequate central median, a real issue given that Devonport Primary School is nearby
  • Apart from an inadequate shared path, there is no cycling provision, despite this being a major cycling conduit between the Devonport Ferry Terminal and the Lake Rd cycle lanes and Green Route to the north.
Conceptual roundabout design – sketch 1

The AT team have come up with a roundabout design, but it’s not your scary dual circulating lane type of roundabout that puts the fear of God into even the most battle-hardened commuter cyclists.  This one is carefully designed with single lane approaches that force traffic on all legs to slow down and navigate a tight radius turn.

Conceptual roundabout design – sketch 2

On-road cyclists are catered for either by dedicated cycle lanes with physical protection, or by sharrows indicating their preferred location in slow moving traffic.  Less confident cyclists and pedestrians can make use of generous shared paths and zebra crossings over two of the three legs of the roundabout.  Having the zebra crossings relatively close to the roundabout combine to reinforce the slow speed requirements for the intersection.

Marine square upgrade project

So our response to AT was to congratulate them on a well thought out design, with just a few detail areas for consideration.  A far cry from a few years ago where we had to battle to get any sort of cycling provision in a redesign at all. That’s why we see this as a win-win-win for all users of this intersection – motorists, pedestrians and cyclists alike.  In fact we also see a fourth win in there, and that’s for Devonport itself.

Imagine this intersection at the entry to Devonport village being one of the design elements of a 30kph slow speed zone extending through the village right through to the ferry terminal and in both directions along the waterfront, integrating with the Marine Square development.

Devonport is already an attractive location for locals and tourists alike.  Just think how it could be enhanced with more pedestrians and cyclists enjoying traffic-calmed spaces.

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8 responses to “A win-win-win for Devonport

  1. Looks fantastic. There must be 1000s of intersections calling out for similar treatment across Auckland.

    This kind of design is what’s needed to get cycling numbers really moving ahead.

  2. The roundabout at Lake road and Albert Rd needs something. It really forces me to turn left when heading into Devonport and take the Eastern approach. The cycle lane on lake road ends, it’s uphill slightly and if you take that side road you’re really heading left. I guess I could stop and cross Albert and use the shared path to go this way.

    This intersection looks amazing though. I’d take this way out of Devonport for sure.

  3. Looks great. I find the current intersection worst when riding up from the ferry. A slow moving bicycle is often turned in front of by vehicles turning onto and from Calliope. I understand why AT narrows the road at intersections but given most of the cyclists will be continuing north along Victoria Rd at this intersection can the cycle lane not remain ‘on road’ rather than being forced onto the shared path, onto Calliope?

  4. Excellent design, great use of sharrows on the road to improve safety for experienced cyclists and less experienced cyclists are catered for too!

    When can we get this rolled out across Auckland 🙂

  5. Hmmm heading north, are cyclists supposed to use the shared path and cycle across the pedestrian crossing? Or are they supposed to ignore that and take the lane and go through the roundabout?

    1. Presumably a bit horses for courses. More confident cyclists will ride on-road, and still be safer on such a small roundabout than on the existing wide-open t-intersection.

      Less confident cyclists can go off-road, and do the shared path option.

      1. Agreed Max. The fact that its a steep uphill approach to the roundabout the narrowing of the road lane won’t do the ‘on road’ cyclists any favours. I’d like to see an on road cycle lane around the whole roundabout ;o)

        1. Hi Matt – that was one of the detail aspects we asked AT to put some thought into. Obviously uphill cyclists will want to maintain momentum, and measure their speed to hit a gap in the traffic from the right. The best option here will be to provide a bit of buffer space on the left of the queued traffic, allowing cyclists to merge back in to the slow-moving traffic stream at the roundabout itself. This is pretty much how the Hinemoa St/Mokoia Rd/Birkenhead Ave roundabout works in Birkenhead, and because everyone’s travelling slowly, it works ok.

          As Max says, less confident cyclists who don’t want to mix it with traffic at all can use the shared path ans zebra crossing – Steve

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